Jazz Aviation (Air Canada Express) (formerly Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) Bombardier DHC-8-300 operating a passenger flight from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island to Vancouver experienced an engine fire yesterday (December 12). According to Reuters, “Shortly after the Jazz DHC 8-300 aircraft took off from Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, the crew was notified of an engine oil issue and flames were seen near one of the engines, Air Canada Jazz said in an emailed statement.
The crew released fire retardant into the engine housing and were able to extinguish the flames. The aircraft, which had 35 passengers and three crew members on board, then returned to Nanaimo, where it was met by emergency vehicles.”
Jazz Air (Chorus Aviation) (Air Canada Express) (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) will soon take delivery of its first (of 15) new Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400). C-GGOY (msn 4365) has now been painted in the new Air Canada Express brand.
Air Canada (Montreal) announced today (April 27) it has decided to gradually retire the Air Canada Jazz brand. All regional carriers will begin operating under the Air Canada Express brand. Aircraft will be repainted during normal repainting cycles. Jazz Air will continue to use the Jazz name and livery for their independent (non-Air Canada) operations.
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Chorus Aviation Inc. (Halifax), formerly Jazz Air Income Fund, announced its fourth quarter and year end 2010 financial results.
The company reported net income of C$84.6 million for the fourth quarter.
For the full year 2010, net income was C$125.8 million.
The company recently finalized a purchase agreement for 15 Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft with Bombardier, and an agreement with Air Canada for Chorus Aviation Inc. to acquire and lease these aircraft to Jazz Aviation LP (Jazz Air).
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Jazz Air Income Fund (Halifax) yesterday (November 10) announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granted a final order approving the plan of arrangement providing for the conversion from an income trust to a corporate structure.
Once completed, the transaction will result in the conversion of the Jazz Air Income Fund to a dividend paying public corporation to be named Chorus Aviation Inc., with the trading symbols on the Toronto Stock Exchange of CHR.A, CHR.B and CHR.DB. Per the conversion, Fund unitholders will receive one share of Chorus for each unit held.
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Air Canada (Montreal) yesterday (October 30) inaugurated daily non-stop service between Toronto and New Orleans. Flights to The Big Easy will be operated with a 75-seat, Air Canada Jazz (Halifax) Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2C10) aircraft featuring Executive and Economy class service and seatback, personal audio-visual entertainment throughout the aircraft.
Air Canada now offers the only non-stop daily service between Toronto and New Orleans. Flight AC7971 departs Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport at 10:00 a.m. (1000) and arrives at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 12:10 p.m. (1210). Flight AC7972 departs New Orleans at 12:45 p.m. (1245) and arrives in Toronto at 4:30 p.m. (1630).
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Air Canada (Montreal) today announced that it has settled the terms of a long term Commercial Carrier Operating Agreement (CCOA) with the Toronto Port Authority (TPA), operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Conclusion of the agreement is subject to certain conditions, including agreement with the lessor of terminal space, City Centre Terminal Corp. (CCTC), for lease of space at the airport. In addition, the airline has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) for the leasing of aircraft and has finalized arrangements with a regional carrier to operate flights from the Toronto Island Airport beginning in February 2011.
Air Canada’s initial schedule will offer customers the choice of up to 15 daily non-stop flights from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, in close proximity to downtown Toronto, to Montreal Trudeau International Airport.
Flights will be operated with Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) (ex Lynx Aviation?) turboprop aircraft. Air Canada has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with a lessor for the five aircraft that will be operated on the Toronto City Airport-Montreal route. Formal terms and conditions of the lease agreements are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.
Following a competitive bid process to select a Canadian regional operator for these aircraft, Air Canada has concluded a capacity purchase agreement with Sky Regional Airlines Inc., an associated company of Skyservice Business Aviation. The regional carrier will sublease and operate the Q400 aircraft on behalf of Air Canada. According to Air Canada, “Selection of Sky Regional Airlines was based on a number of criteria including a competitive cost structure, a proven track record in customer service excellence and experience maintaining Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. The selection of Sky Regional Airlines to operate these flights has no impact on Air Canada’s commercial arrangements with other regional carriers including Jazz Air LP (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) with which Air Canada maintains a strong commercial relationship.”
Air Canada is actively engaged in talks with the airport terminal owner, City Centre Terminal Corp. (CCTC), towards an agreement to lease terminal facilitates that will accommodate the new service.